Candidates use financial reports to tout support

A candidate not even officially on the ballot yet has a big edge at the bank in the race for governor, but many candidates used Monday's deadline for filing campaign finance reports as a chance to tout support from voters.

Greg Orman, who plans to run as an Independent, reports taking in $878,874 since January 1st, with $1.3 million available this year.

While $650,000 of his total came from contributions to himself, his campaign notes contributions from 827 individuals.

“As a candidate for governor, I’ve pledged not to take a dime from PACs or lobbyists and the special interests that control both parties and their candidates,” Orman said. “I’ve kept that pledge, and my personal contributions to this campaign show my commitment to always putting this state and its people first.”

Orman's campaign reports nearly $460,000 still on hand. He has until August 6 to submit his petition to get on the ballot.

For the Democrats, state senator Laura Kelly raised nearly 572,931, with 727,971 available. She still has $236,128 cash on hand.

Kelly, too, is touting grassroots support, with 2,424 donors.

“I’m honored to have the support of such a broad and diverse group of Kansans. From Lakin to Hays to Dodge City to Pittsburg to Olathe, working men and women are ready for a change," Kelly said. “Kansas Democrats are energized and excited to participate in the first primary we’ve had in a very long time.”

Kelly's totals outpace leading challenger, former state agriculture secretary Joshua Svaty.

Svaty's report shows he brought in $213,022 this year, with nearly $280,000 available overall.

His campaign has only has $35,358 left in the bank.

Among Republicans, Gov. Jeff Colyer reports raising $834,332 this year, giving him $1.38 million available.

But in spending $1.2 million for this intense primary battle with Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Colyer is left with $175,748 cash on hand.

"The support we have received from Kansans all over our state has been tremendous and extremely encouraging," Colyer said. "I am humbled that our message of strong, optimistic, competent conservative leadership has resonated so well with Kansans."

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach submitted his just before the midnight deadline.

It shows he's relying heavily on his running mate for money. One political expect says that is very unusual.

“When you have self-funding in a campaign typically the pattern is that it comes from the governor candidate mostly. Although it’s not uncommon for some amount of cash to come from the Lt. Governor candidate,” said University of Kansas Political Science Professor Dr. Patrick Miller.

In GOP gubernatorial hopeful Kris Kobach's case, campaign finance reports show his running mate, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman, donated more than $1.5 million to the campaign. That means Kobach has only raised about $150,000, including two fundraising visits from Donald Trump Jr.

Dr. Miller says more donations come in after the primary.

“Most small donors are actually donating after primaries when they start to pay attention,” he said.

Compared to Kobach’s numbers, Governor Jeff Colyer raised more than $834,000. Democratic State Senator Laura Kelly more than $550,000, and Democrat Josh Svaty raised $200,000.

Independent candidate Greg Orman brought in $875,000, but $650,000 of that was from himself.

“If you look at Colyer and Kelly, for example, they are doing quite well with smaller grassroots donations,” Miller added.